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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Raspberry and fruit tree pruning workshop at Garibaldi, Jan 30

Come and learn the basics of how to prune your fruit trees, twice-bearing raspberries and grape vines.
We will meet at 2pm at the Garibaldi school garden. If you have a pair small pruning scissors and want to practice, bring them with you.
Time permitting, I will also talk about some newly arrived berry crop pests and how to protect your berries.
Bring any questions you might have - I will try to answer them.

See you on Friday,

Jana Ronne (Julian and Maja's mom)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Call out for volunteers: Garibaldi Annex is cooking East Van style

Garibaldi PAC is going to sizzle this spring.  We are embarking on a fundraising, community engagement project, to build awareness of the small school with a big heart!

We need your help with our latest community project - the Hasting Sunrise Neighbourhood Cookbook.  Complete with recipes from your favourite eateries with neighbourhood contributors.

You don't have to be a genius in layout or design.  Here's the various positions we are recruiting for:

  • Parent and student participation
  • Photography
  • Sales & Distribution
  • Community engagement
  • Accounting/Book Keeping
  • Sourcing donations of time and money (i.e. printing services)
  • Event coordination
  • Any other way you'd like to help!!!

    You don't need to have expertise in these areas, just a desire to help spread the word about Garibaldi to promote the school!  

    We are seeking a small committee to meet bi-monthly to create a cookbook that we would be able to launch no later than May (even sooner if that is feasible). 

    This is supposed to be fun and a memorable experience for our school and greater community. 

    Go East Van!

    If you would like to participate, please contact Kate Mulligan who will project lead at 

    Go Garibaldi Go!

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    PAC Meeting - Wednesday, January 21st at 6pm

    Please join us for our next PAC Meeting this Wednesday, January 21st at 6pm in the school library.  The minutes from our December PAC meeting are below the agenda if you would like to review them before the meeting.

    We will be discussing the upcoming follow-up meeting with Denise Johnson, Board of Education.  She was present at the meeting at Lord Nelson with the Associate Superintendent, Scott Robinson.  Some PAC Executive members will be meeting with her on January 22nd.


    1. Welcome

    2. Adopt previous meeting minutes

    3. VP Report - Lorraine Baker

    4. Financial Report

    5. Committees
            - Kitchen
            - Garden
            - Movie Night
            - Fundraising & Grants
            - Sustainability
            - Activities

    6. Spending Requests & Allocations

    7. Other Business - Discuss Thursday, January 22nd meeting with Denise Johnson, Board of Education

    8. Next Meeting - February 11, 2015

    9. Adjourn

    Minutes of Garibaldi PAC Meeting – December 3rd, 2014

Lorraine Baker
PAC Executive (4)
General PAC Members (2) 
    Metta Hamaguchi, Lord Nelson Principal
    Margie Trovao, Lord Nelson Vice Principal


    Welcome; Adopt previous meeting minutes
    VP Report
    Special guest report Metta Hamaguchi and Margie Tovao, Lord Nelson Principal and Vice-Principal
    Financial Report
    Committee Reports
    Spending Requests
    Other Business
    Next Meeting

    Welcome and Approval of Minutes 
    Welcome to Metta and Margie from Lord Nelson
    Minutes adopted; Sandra move to adopt November minutes. 

    VP Updates: Lorraine Baker
    Thanks from Lorraine for care from everyone regarding her injury
    Since last meeting: 
    Mobile Dairy visit with 6 day old calf; children learned about where milk comes from 4H presenter
    School photos taken (date of photo re-takes to be confirmed)
    Library barcodes
    Children performed at Lord Nelson for Remembrance Day – very special and thank you to Lord Nelson for the invitation
    November 28th Pro D Day – afternoon spent on school growth goals; morning spent on iPad            learning cart – use of iPads, apps (e-books, embedding video, etc) and how to enrich and extend these tools
    Audrey Von Alsten has volunteered to come to school to meet with parents to learn about how to use these resources
    At Lord Nelson, Metta and Margie work very closely with iPads and it has been very successful with high student engagement
    “Snow Rules” – reiterated policy 
    Pedestrian safety – Constable from VPD did a presentation on pedestrian safety 
    School administration asked to look around for “attractive nuisances” for children after a child fell off a school roof on a weekend; the school was found partially responsible
    Security buzzer installation for Board employees – North exit by bike racks
    Ms. Rosati – Dec. 5 is Ms. Rosati’s last day. ToC will fill post until January. Closing date for maternity leave posting was Dec. 1st – 8 applications.
    - End of VP Updates

    Special Guest report – Metta Hamaguchi and Margie Tovao, Lord Nelson
    Sandra invited Metta and Margie to say a few words. Garibaldi is the annex of Lord Nelson and most children at Garibaldi transition to Lord Nelson for Grade 5
    Metta and Margie shared Lord Nelson’s Code of Conduct and School Handbook
    Metta invited interested parents to come to Lord Nelson events - January 20th Kindergarten night and January 26th presentation from parent/neuroscientisist on how children learn
    For children transitioning to Lord Nelson, there is a school tour for the kids scheduled for sometime in May. Parents are welcome to attend with their kids
    If you have a child with a special need, there is additional support available from Lord Nelson resource teachers in assist in making the Garibaldi – Lord Nelson transition a smooth one

    Financial Report
    Lisa presented financial updates and the Draft Budget
    2 accounts: $2486.16 (Savings); $3136.65 (Gaming)
    Budget for year - $7348 to fund a year’s activities
    Healthy financial balance; the fundraising goal is to shoot for an additional $3500 (eg. Movie nights, manure sale, popcorn and bake sales, other fundraising TBD by fundraising committee)
    Some activities have already been paid for (eg. Teacher allocations for consumables, tennis, Pumpkin Patch)
    Teachers have been asked to price out their Wish List items
    The Draft Budget can by passed to next year’s PAC – thanks to Lisa and Sandra 
    Move to accept Draft Budget – Lisa moved; Angela accepted.

    Committee Reports
    No spending requests at this time. The Kitchen Committee will put together a Wish List for items for kitchen; Lisa will spread the word about the upcoming hot lunch
    Movie Night Committee:
    Next movie night: January 28th – to be confirmed

    Garden Committee:
    Nothing to report; everything is frozen 

    Kitchen Committee: 
    Hot lunch planned for December 5th
    Bake sale planned during holiday concert (afternoon and evening) on December 17th

    Sandra suggest organizing a PAC fundraising committee meeting for January to discuss options

    Clothing and boot swap went very well

    Other Business
    MuseWest – two music concerts are organized for Spring term; first one is January 14th; honorarium for performers approved at previous PAC meeting
    District PAC representative – Angela is looking for someone who can represent Garibaldi at the DPAC meetings. Meetings are weekday evenings. Angela will let us know and we can try to make sure that we have a representative attend
    Meeting with VSB’s Scott Robinson on December 2nd. As follow-up, Ann-Marie will collate the key messages from the meeting so that we can send the summary to the Board and also relay the message back to the parent community

     Meeting Adjourned

    Next meeting: January 14th at 6pm

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    PAC MEETING AGENDA for Wed. Dec 3, 2014 at 6pm

    Below you will find the agenda for today's PAC Meeting at 6pm.  It will be held in the staff room or the library.  Child care provided in the gym.  I apologize for the delay in getting it out!

    Thank you to everyone who came out last night to the meeting with Scott Robinson, Associate Superintendent.

      ~ Angela Wong-Moon


    1. Welcome

    2. Adopt previous meeting minutes

    3. VP Report - Lorraine may not be there if she isn't feeling well

    4. Financial Report

    5. Committees
            - Kitchen
            - Garden
            - Movie Night
            - Fundraising & Grants
            - Sustainability
            - Activities

    6. Spending Requests & Allocations

    7. Other Business - Talk about choosing a DPAC Representative

    8. Next Meeting - January 2015

    9. Adjourn

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    ** IMPORTANT MEETING - Tuesday, December 2nd from 6 - 7:30pm **

    Please come out and show your support for Garibaldi Annex!!

    The PAC has arranged a meeting with Scott Robinson, Associate Superintendent, Vancouver Board of Education so that parents can ask questions about the recent changes to the school and how they envision the future of Garibaldi Annex.  We really feel the need to assure families that Garibaldi is not slated for closure.  The rumours are still circulating which strongly affects our enrolment.

    It is taking place on Tuesday, December 2nd at LORD NELSON's library from 6-7:30pm. Childcare will be provided.

    If you have a pressing question, please let us know ahead of time so we can make sure we have time to answer it.  You can tell a PAC member or there is a poster board up at the school along the wall by Mrs. Rosatti's classroom for you to write your questions down.


    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    FREE Parent Presentation on Technology and Parenting at AR Lord

    December 8th 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary Library

    FREE Parent Presentation on Technology and Parenting

    Alexandra Wilson works with the School Age Children and Youth (SACY) prevention initiative, a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver School Board. SACY works to support families, students and school communities to support youth in making healthy decisions in all areas of their lives.

    As children move into the pre-teen and teen years, their changing minds and bodies can impact all areas of life. What does this have to do with technology? With parenting? Come out and explore how development, parenting, and technology can work together. We’ll discuss:
    ·   What’s going on with technology use? How much is too much?
    ·   What does a balanced lifestyle look like for teens? For parents?
    ·   Having the conversation with youth

    PLEASE RSVP to to reserve a space. Seating is limited.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    Living Christmas trees from TreeKeeper

    Are you dreaming of a Green Christmas? Make it happen by buying a living TreeKeepers Holiday Tree.

    They have four species:

    'Rainbow's End ' White Spruce | 5-gallon | $15
    'Baby Blue' Colorado Spruce | 5-gallon | $15
    Douglas-fir | 5-gallon | $15
    Norway Spruce | 10-gallon | $30

    You must pre-order your tree through their website, then tell them where/when you would like to pick it up:
    Saturday, Dec. 6, 10-11:30am, Kitsilano Community Centre
    Sunday, Dec. 14, 10-11:30am, Trout Lake Community Centre

    These are outdoor trees you may bring inside to decorate for the festivities. Just don't leave them in a warm room for too long or they're break dormancy and start to put on new growth that won't be happy once you return them to the cold. More info here on indoor tree care.

    After the holidays, plant your Holiday Tree outside in the yard or a balcony container. (More info on the tree species and sizes can be found on our website).

    If you lack space for an evergreen at home, consider buying a native tree and planting it with the TreeKeepers in a New Year Planting Party in a beautiful urban forest.

    Please share this with family and friends and thanks for helping grow the urban forest. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Want more gymnastic programs in East Van?

    Cameron Stevenson, the founder and lead coach of the Britannia Community Center gymnastics program, is hoping to have a permanent space dedicated for his program during the planning for the Britannia Center renewal.
    His gymnastics program and Circus West gymnastics are the only programs of this kind in East Vancouver and the demand is so high that Cameron's classes fill up 3 minutes after registration opening. Class availability is limited because of space and set up requirements issues. Since Cameron has not permanent space, he needs to set up and clear all of his equipment before and after each class session.

    If you would like to add your voice of support to Cameron's petition for a permanent space for the program, please follow this link.

    Petition for dedicated gymnastics space in Britannia CC

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Poinsettias and Planters Garibaldi Fundraiser

    A Garibaldi Poinsettia & Tropical Planter Fundraiser

    A perfect holiday gift or festive decoration for your home!

    $12 for 6.5” Premium Poinsettia
    $30 for a 10" Holiday Tropical Planter

    Get your Order forms here. One will also be sent home with your child.

    Return your order forms with payment to the front office.

    Order deadline: November 24, 2014

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    Thanks from the
    Garibaldi Pac

    WINTER CLOTHING SWAP November 17-21

    Please bring all your used winter clothing/gear to the school this week to donate to the Winter Clothing Swap organized by the Sustainability Committee!

    You can bring boots, coats, ski/snowsuits, skates, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.

    The items will be put out each morning and after school for parents to take what they need and leave any items they would like to donate.

    This has been a great event in past years so please look through your closets and donate.  All items left at the end of the week will be donated to the YWCA Crabtree Corner.